Pan Seared Salmon, for When the Simplest Things Just Make You Happy

Pan Seared Salmon |

For as long as I can remember now, I’ve been closing out my days and ushering in my evenings with a warm bath.

Ah…the simple pleasures.

For me, a freshly scrubbed, clean bath tub, some gently-running warmish-hot water, and a few squeezes of an aromatic body wash or bubble bath to foam and make things all sudsy makes me a very happy girl.

It allows me a little time to contemplate my day, and quiet my soul.

Pan Seared Salmon |

Pan Seared Salmon |

A bath is truly one of those simple things in life, a comforting and soothing little “luxury”; but it does wonders for my spirit and for my mind.

It allows me to reflect upon all of those things that I’m grateful for, and that I experienced in the day that has gone by.

It allows me to draw a distinct line between my day and my night, to differentiate and to retreat, and it is something that I’m truly grateful to have as a part of my daily ritual experience.

Pan Seared Salmon |

And so it is with many of those simple little things in life that just simply make us happy; they renew, uplift, and feed us in so many necessary ways!

And a simple meal prepared with fresh, colorful ingredients is a wonderful example of such a lovely thing.

Pan Seared Salmon |

A mildly spicy salmon fillet placed into a hot cast-iron skillet to sear to a succulent, golden-brown perfection, and then topped with a mediterranean-inspired salsa fresca that offers a bit of cool and bit of bright-tanginess, makes for a perfect pan seared salmon, and makes an appetite happy.

It gives comfort, and becomes a delectable little luxury of a meal.

It warms from within, and offers an opportunity for gratitude for each bite taken.

Pan Seared Salmon |

So I find that often times, it’s the simplest things in life that offer the most joy and happiness.

A bit of waning evening sun on the cheek; the gentle bubble of a fountain; a quiet walk around the block in the morning; or a burst of savory, fresh, and succulent flavor on the tongue.

All go easily into that little category, that cream-colored folder labeled “simple things that make me happy”, and give life that precious bit of spice that it needs.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Thalia @ butter and brioche May 19, 2015, 8:27 pm

    This is just how I like my salmon.. nice charred and crisp on the outside. I definitely will be making this recipe as salmon is something I cook often during the week…

  • Amy November 14, 2015, 3:26 pm

    Oh dear, this meal was amazing!!! I subbed olive oil for canola and omitted the olives because I didn’t have them, but this was so, so good! It’s going to live somewhere at the top of my favourite recipes ever.

    • The Cozy Apron November 15, 2015, 8:54 am

      Amy, I’m thrilled to read that you enjoyed this recipe so much! :-) Thanks for sharing your experience with me!

  • Jessica January 9, 2016, 12:23 pm

    Can I use cod fish for this recipe?

  • Kate January 21, 2016, 7:36 am

    I made this last week and it was a huge hit with the whole family. My husband said it was his new favorite. All the kids ate it up too (ages 3, 5 & 9.) I didn’t put olives in the youngest. I added a little red wine vinegar to the salsa and I had a small hunk of feta that needed to be used up so I added it too. Next time I will add some avocado too. I loved how fresh everything was and so quick to prepare. Rice is a great sub if you can’t do pasta. Thanks for the great recipe. I will be making this again.

    • The Cozy Apron January 22, 2016, 5:42 pm

      Hi Kate, thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with me! So glad you all enjoyed this recipe, and I’m thrilled that you made it your own, and will be preparing it again in the future!

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